Mumbai traffic cops to stop accepting fines by cash from January 12

Starting January 12, you can pay penalties only by debit or credit cards, as the Mumbai Traffic Police is all set to bid adieu to cash transactions, hope it will bring transperency in the system

From next week, if you’re caught breaking the traffic rules, you might be asked to swipe your debit or credit card to pay the penalty. Sources said, the Mumbai Traffic Police is all set to say goodbye to cash transactions from January as it finally launches the e-challan system on January 12.

Around 1,000 e-challan machines will be handed over to traffic constables next week. Pic for representation
Around 1,000 e-challan machines will be handed over to traffic constables next week. Pic for representation

The traffic department will hold a press briefing on the same day, along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote, Director General of Police Pravin Dixit and Commissioner of Police Ahmad Javed, to announce the new scheme and hand over 1,000 e-challan machines to traffic constables. This will not only reduce opportunities for corruption in the infamous department, but will also help cops identify repeat traffic offenders.

This may soon be a common sight on the streets of Mumbai. Pic for representation
This may soon be a common sight on the streets of Mumbai. Pic for representation

However, for motorists not carrying any cards, there is another option — they will be given a 15-day window to pay the fines through National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT). States like Telangana and Tamil Nadu already have such systems in place for online payment of traffic fines.

“Such online transactions will reduce corruption as no traffic constable can take cash from here on. This will increase transparency in the system,” added the officer.

The offender will have to pay an additional Rs 9.5 as a sort of convenience charge for the e-challan devices that have been rented from private companies. The department also tied up with the State Bank of India to handle the online challan payments.

“This system will also help us identify repeat offenders as every thing will be digitised and all the data will be stored in computers every day,” said a traffic cop.

The plan is said to be the brainchild of Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Milind Bharambe. When mid-day contacted him, Bharambe said the project was still in the pipeline and he could only comment on it after January 12.

In November, the then CP Rakesh Maria had briefed the Bombay High Court regarding the plan and had told the bench about the tie-up with the State Bank. The department is also mulling upon the introduction of prepaid cards for those who do not wish to use debit or credit cards, said officials.

Campaign in South Mumbai
From today, the traffic police will carry out a campaign against motorists driving without helmets or seat belts. Violators will be fined, face a suspension of their licence for three months, and will be asked to attend two-hour counselling sessions as well, as Transport Minister Diwakar Raote had recently announced.

“This drive will concentrate on South Mumbai,” said Traffic Jt CP Bharambe, adding that the department will recruit more traffic constables to reduce the load on the 2,500 cops covering Mumbai.

For those without cards...
“In case the person has no cards, the traffic police will upload his details into the system and give him an e-challan. The offender will be asked to send the money via NEFT (online payment) to the traffic department within 15 days. If he or she fails to pay by the 16th day, the motorist will be charged an extra Rs 10 per day. The next time that person is caught, the licence will be suspended for non-payment,” said an official.

Traffic fines

Drink driving: Rs 2,000
No licence: Rs 300
Jumping signals: Rs 100
No helmet or seatbelt: Rs 100
No documents: Rs 100
Wrong parking: Rs 100
Tinted glass: Rs 100
Triple-seat riding: Rs 100

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  • Maqsood Rizvi04-Jan-2016

    Agree. It doesn't stop a cop from taking bribe. Please plan better.

  • Rafee05-Jan-2016

    All commentersWe cannot stop any one to take bribe but yes we can try to minimize the official crimes.

  • ANTHONY05-Jan-2016

    In adv.countries fine for jumping signal is highest than other offences, but,funnyly, in Mumbai it is only Rs.100 (minimum) what a superb joke. A person who cross a red signal always be in a gud speed to cross in time. His speed can destroy opposite vehicles, pedestrians and its passengers to death. Its a serious offence like murder.I have seen pple in the car wiped out, pedestrians killed

  • Cutey16-Jan-2016

    The fines are too low because of income disparity in a city like Mumbai and the whole country. Rs 100 is a pittance for most in Mumbai including the urban poor. Fines should be time based so a poor person losing 1 hour and a rich person losing 1 hour is relatively different for both of them. Let them drive at that moment, but call them later at the end of week for doing 1 hour community service. That will teach them.

  • devaraj04-Jan-2016

    Will this stop a cop from taking bribe? I don't think so.

  • Sunil Sane04-Jan-2016

    This will not stop cops taking bribes as most people try to settle it by paying some small amount to cops and get away. The only device which can stop may be to have all the cops to wear bodycams and let their every move be recorded and monitored in central location. They are only busy catching riders and all those people who fail to follow traffic rules, or vehicles without appropriate lighting etc drive with no fear. Just mess at each intersection.

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